Tracks by Louise Erdrich
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Goodreads rating: 4/5 stars
I always enjoy Erdrich’s work, and I feel like should’ve read this a long time ago. As is typical in her work, she plays around with narrative point of view and addresses issues of power– who has it, who doesn’t, and why. She considers both gender and race as she tells the story of different Ojibwe characters from the beginning of WWI onward. I don’t know enough about magical realism to say whether or not Tracks is an example of it, but this novel certainly is reminiscent of that genre. Having read The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse previously, I also thought it was neat to see characters I’d seen mentioned before. I think Last Report is far superior to Tracks, only because Last Report fully develops ideas, people, etc. that are only touched on lightly in Tracks. This book is one of her earlier works, though, so I’m sure that’s some of it. I love how Erdrich describes the relationship between Fleur Pillager and Eli Kashpaw, and the essential tragedy of their love. It’s heart-breaking, but perfect. Another really great book from Erdrich.